Hillary Clinton had admitted to using her email server “out of convenience” and had apologized to the FBI according to newly released emails from former FBI official Peter Strzok.
But her apology was “not in” the FBI 302 report summarizing her interview, according to one message that was part of the 191 pages of emails between Strzok and his lover, former FBI attorney Lisa Page, obtained by conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch.
“So now we know that the FBI report of Clinton’s ‘interview’ is incomplete and that Peter Strzok may have details on the classified briefing of candidate Trump that were used as pretext for a spy operation. No wonder the FBI had been stonewalling the release of these emails” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said.
BREAKING BIG: Strzok Email – Hillary Clinton Apologized to FBI Over Emails – But Apology Was ‘Not In’ FBI 302 Documenting Her Interview – https://t.co/pF7XmhcpMK
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) February 21, 2020
The FBI 302 report summed up Clinton’s interview with agents about her email controversy but did not include her apology and remarks about the “work and effort” she had caused the agency, according to Strzok in an August 26, 2016, email.
“Do you know if Gowdy is right that the FBI didn’t ask Clinton about her intent? And is that weird?” CNN’s Evan Perez asked Michael Kortan, the FBI’s assistant director for public affairs, in that message.
“The question of the day …” Kortan wrote in the forwarded message to Strzok.
“I know, I was getting increasingly irritated at Gowdy last night. I don’t know the basis for him saying that. We certainly asked her. She said she did it for convenience, because she wanted one system for email. We also asked those close to her – Abedin and Mills specifically – who said the same thing,” Strzok replied.
“[Redacted] but we can find the references in the 302 which discuss it,” his reply continued.
“Though not in the 302, at the end of the interview she apologized for the work and effort it created for the FBI. She said words to the effect of, I’m sorry this has caused so much work and expenditure of resources by the FBI. I chose to use my own server out of convenience; it proved to be anything but,” Strzok added.
He then forwarded the email to Page, adding, “Need to nip this in the bud.”
The newly acquired emails also revealed that details about the classified FBI briefing of then-candidate Donald Trump may have been known to Strzok.
According to Judicial Watch:
The records also include an August 18, 2016, email from FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence Bill Priestap to Strzok, Moffa and an FBI official (identity redacted), asking if they “happen to know when Clinton will receive the brief? And where will it occur, and which two people has she designated to receive it with her?”
Strzok replies, “She has not designated her people and no date is set. I believe brief will be HVRA [the FBI’s Hudson Valley Resident Agent] or WPRA [FBI’s White Plains Resident Agent].”
Further on in the email exchange, the unidentified FBI official from the Washington field office writes, “There is no additional or new info as of this morning when I checked with the DNI scheduler. There is a policy that briefs will not be provided a week prior to a debate. If the other candidate does not ID people soon, there was talk that they may not be able to do them. That’s all I know at this time.”
“And now we’ve got sources in dni,” Strzok said in the forwarded email to Page.
“Yup, I knew the same. Just hadn’t shared yet,” Page replied.
“What?! You holding out? <wink emoji>,” Strzok wrote.
“Time, dude. Time,” Page responded.
“I know, dudette. Hence, the <wink emoji>. Same realization of shit, haven’t even told you about Trump brief…” Strzok wrote.
The newly released emails are the result of a January 2018 Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch after a December 2017 request for the communications between Strzok and Page was reportedly ignored by the Justice Department.
“The FBI is only processing the records at a rate of 500 pages per month and has refused to process text messages,” Judicial Watch indicated. “At this rate, the production of these communications won’t be completed until late 2021.”
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